What’s Wrong With Retail (Part Three)

There are very, very, very few retailers these days above the mom and pop level, be they brick and mortar or online (or combination thereof) that do not feature, be it via shiny brochures at the cash registers or blazing advertisements on their website, some form of branded credit card. Said credit cards invariably offer … Continue reading What’s Wrong With Retail (Part Three)

What’s Wrong With Retail (Part Two)

Picking up from last week, this tweet by Christian comedian John Crist leads nicely into this week’s problem area where far too many retailers dwell. Namely, a pathological inability to get out and stay out of their customer’s hair. “Want to join the rewards progr...”{interrupting} No. “Want a copy of your re...”{interrupting} No. Do you … Continue reading What’s Wrong With Retail (Part Two)

What’s Wrong With Retail (Part One)

I own the dubious honor of having spent more than a decade in both retail and the corporate world. In the case of the former, more like three decades over two stretches. Thank you in advance for your sympathies. Occasionally I’ve toyed with the notion of writing a book about these two decidedly different worlds, … Continue reading What’s Wrong With Retail (Part One)

Chicago leftists off Target in their store closing protests

By John Ruberry As I've written many times, Chicago is a city in decline. It is the only major American city losing population. Its pension debt, a reward--or should I say payoff?--to public-section unions in exchange for their support for Democratic politicians is an unsustainable millstone. This morning on a local television show, Flannery Fired … Continue reading Chicago leftists off Target in their store closing protests

Long quiet Chicago area taxpayers push back–and win in soda tax battle

By John Ruberry "And it was inevitable that some of these people pushed back..." Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles. Overtaxed residents of Cook County, where Chicago is, are finally waking up. After decades of being slapped by tax after tax--folks are fighting back. Last week the Cook County Board of Commissioners voted to repeal a … Continue reading Long quiet Chicago area taxpayers push back–and win in soda tax battle

Illinois’ bubbling soda tax rebellion

By John Ruberry "And it was inevitable that some of these people pushed back..." Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles. Could it be that the deep-blue residents of America's second-most populous county, Cook County--Chicago is the county seat--have had enough? Probably not, at least yet. But serious dissent may be bubbling as the effects of Cook … Continue reading Illinois’ bubbling soda tax rebellion

Just Another Day In Retail Paradise

In a world where hatred and horror are marching in lockstep, we can all use a good laugh. With this in mind, below is an unsent, albeit sorely tempted to do so, response to an actual customer survey. It must be noted the views and opinions expressed herein are strictly those of the writer and … Continue reading Just Another Day In Retail Paradise